“A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar 2: Abstract Book” now available

Centre ValBio hosted its second international conference, A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar (ACSAM2), from 17-22 November (ACSAM1 was held in 2006 in Antananarivo). Seventy-two amphibian biologists and conservationists from ten countries assembled at Centre ValBio to assess the current conservation status of Madagascar’s amphibian fauna. [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output]Representatives of all major NGOs concerned [...]

Video: Franco Andreone with ACSAM2 in Vatoharanana Ranomafana

Franco Andreone is Co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group Madagascar and President of the International Society for Study and Conservation of Amphibians. He was the organizer for the ACSAM2 meeting held in Ranomafana (Madagascar), 18-22 November 2014.

#ACSAM2: Interview with Matt Fisher & Richard Griffith

Spinomantis sp. aff. fimbriatus © Franco Andreone The frogs of Madagascar are one of the richest groups of amphibians in the world. "A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar" (#ACSAM2) brought together experts from around the world last week to share experiences, build partnerships and develop effective strategies for the conservation these amazing amphibians. In [...]

Updated circular for “A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar”, ACSAM2

The organizations have pulled together a the second circular of the meeting “A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar”, ACSAM2. You can download this circular here. The goal of this scientific meeting is to review and consolidate the results and information gained over the last 8 years and importantly identify targets for the forthcoming years [...]

Ranomafana National Park, home of Centre ValBio

Boophis elenae © Franco Andreone Ranomafana is located in the Fianarantsoa Province of southeastern Madagascar, about a 10-hour drive from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Ranomafana hosts one of the most famous National Parks in all Madagascar, encompassing 41,600 hectares of the former continuous eastern rainforest belt. Lying on the edge of Madagascar’s High Plateau [...]

Centre ValBio: a state of the art research station

Created by Dr. Patricia C. Wright in 2003 as a modern facility to help both indigenous people and the international community better understand the value of conservation in Madagascar and around the world through research, education and outreach, Centre ValBio (www.centrevalbio.org) is located adjacent to one of the most beautiful rainforests in southeastern Madagascar, Ranomafana. [...]

ACSAM2: An opportunity to eradicate an invasive species

The invasive Asian toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus has been found in Madagascar, around the town of Toamasina. During the ACSAM2 there will be room to discuss possible eradication projects. A correspondence from myself and ten colleagues highlight this in a correspondence published today in Nature. By Franco Andreone Duttaphrynus melanostictus photo © Devin Edmonds

Coming together to protect Madagascar’s unique frogs

Madagascar is an amazing, globally important place, well known around the world for its unique flora and fauna, being a draw for naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists. The frogs of Madagascar are no less unique than the countries more famous furry residents and are as much under threat. Durrell has been working in Madagascar for [...]

Saving the Singing Frogs of Tropical Nights

We want to make of Madagascar one of the places in the world where frog conservation becomes one of the targets. With approximately 500 species (300 already described and 200 still to be described), Madagascar is a fascinating place for those naturalists who are interested in these wonderful animals. Here, adaptive radiations occurred and produced a wonderful [...]

ACSAM 2 – A rare occasion for amphibian conservation and collaboration

Many amphibian species at risk of extinction occur in countries with very low GDPs and focusing efforts on conserving amphibians can often seem like a low priority. However we understand that by protecting amphibians and securing their habitats that we can help protect the environments and the resources that some many people around the world [...]